Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - 11-18-2023
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Sometimes life just gets a little weird.
A story on Oregonian newspaper website caught my eye. In Bend, a large rock is taking out cars and gaining popularity online
Really - the small lot where my grandmother raised a family in a 900 sq ft house, grew a garden, built a small shop and developed a career as an artist is becoming a tourist attraction. The buildings and large willow tree have long been flattened by a bulldozer so the final piece of land could be added to the development.
Big Obvious Boulder, known affectionately by its fans as “Bob,” can be found at the entrance to a shopping plaza on Northeast Third Street and Franklin Avenue. If you need directions, you can check out its Google page.
The publicity echo chamber starts with social media, news organizations, local business promotions and personal stories.
Non-Profits are quick to follow.
Ironically the Bob the rock does sit within a few feet of where a car leaving the 7-eleven drove into the exterior wall of Grandma's art studio on the early 90's. The driver simply backed out of the gaping hole and drove off. One of the primary reason she agreed to move. The other reason was increasing incidences of finding homeless individuals (tramp was the term used at the time) sleeping by the lilac bushes.
Dolly Parton now does Rock and Roll.
Parton’s 49th album, Rockstar, is her first foray into rock & roll. She got the idea to do a rock covers LP after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2022. To make it happen, Dolly and her longtime bandleader and producer Kent Wells convened an astonishing collection of all-star duet partners. This has got to be the most stacked guest list in the history of guest lists, a karaoke night out where the party bus is stocked with a decent hunk of the most famous people ever in music. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton, and Mick Fleetwood are onboard for “Let It Be.” Elton John joins her for “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Her goddaughter Miley Cryus swings by for “Wrecking Ball.” Dolly fires up an 11-minute version of “Free Bird” with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, including the late Gary Rossington and even Ronnie Van Zant. (Ronnie died in 1977, but his widow allowed his voice to appear on the album.)
one of her songs I always enjoyed
The first batch of Jan 6, 2021 tapes released for public viewing by US House.
Pepe Escobar: Xi Outmaneuvers Biden in San Francisco Sputnick Globe Nov 17, 2023
The Xi-Biden drama, lasting a little over two hours, was not exactly a remake of “Vertigo”. Washington and Beijing seemed quite cozy jointly promising the proverbial promotion and strengthening of “dialogue and cooperation in various fields”; an intergovernmental dialogue on AI; drug control cooperation; back to high-level military-to-military talking; a “maritime security consultation mechanism”; significantly increasing flights by early 2024; and “expanding exchanges” in education, international students, culture, sports, and business circles.
The White House readout , as bland as it might seem, actually gives away the key part of the plot.
Biden – actually his earpiece - underscored “support for a free and open Indo-Pacific”; the defense of “our Indo-Pacific allies”; the “commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight”; “adherence to international law”; “maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and East China Sea”; “support to “Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression”; and “support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism”.
Beijing understands in detail the context and the geopolitical overtones of each of these pledges.
What the readout does not say is that Biden’s handlers also tried to convince the Chinese to stop buying oil from their strategic partner Iran.
That’s not gonna happen. China imported an average of 1.05 million barrels of oil a day from Iran over the first 10 months of 2023 - and rising.
Why the US needs this war in Gaza The Cradle Pepe Escobar Nov 15, 2023
The Global South was expecting the Dawn of a New Arabian Reality.
After all, the Arab street - even while repressed in their home nations - has pulsed with protests expressing ferocious rage against Israel's wholesale massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Arab leaders were forced to take some sort of action beyond suspending a few ambassadorships with Israel, and called for a special Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit to discuss the ongoing Israeli War Against Palestinian Children.
The OIC's final statement will always be enshrined in the Gilded Palace of Cowardice. Highlights of the tawdry rhetorical show: we oppose Israel's “self-defense;” we condemn the attack on Gaza; we ask (who?) not to sell weapons to Israel; we request the kangaroo ICC to "investigate" war crimes; we request a UN resolution condemning Israel.
For the record, that’s the best 57 Muslim-majority countries could drum up in response to this 21st-century genocide.
This Ain’t No ‘Stalemate’: Ukrainian Frontline Breakdown, Revisited Strategic Culture Foundation Pepe Escobar Nov 14, 2023
This analysis focuses on “what the Russians are doing with their ongoing ‘mud season offensive’ in Ukraine, really a collection of local attacks across the length of the front line” – with the exception of Kherson.
Strategically, Russia has committed none of its own massive reserves while the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are pressured all along the frontlines – and the Russians silently prepare a surprise knockout blow elsewhere.
A Perfect Storm of dwindling financing, weaponizing and Western “support” has darkened Kiev’s horizon, while serial Ukrainian disasters on the ground are so obvious they are even being picked up by Western mainstream media.
Latest videos from Military Summary discuss Russian forward movement and Ukrainian loses along most of the extended fromt.
Intel Roundtable w/ Johnson & McGovern: US Ignorance of the Middle East (24:53 min)
At 10:07 McGovern now thinks US Navel assets are to discourage Israel from using nukes, and at 12:54 discuss Israel has nukes aimed at Iran
Professor John Mearsheimer: China - Partner or Enemy? (31:19)
The first 11 minutes of discussion is regarding Washington Post article on Nordstream and Israel genocidal activities. Professor Mearsheimer's views on China are very typical of Western Universities Chinese Study programs - Westerner's understand China and its abilities better than the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In many of his presentations he appears excited about the possibility of conflict with CCP.
The livestream videos this week by Judge Napolitano channel ongoing discussions regarding current events in Israel/Hamas/Gaza, secondary subject China and third subject Ukraine/Russia conflict. The interviews are generally posted on Monday through Friday if would like to view them in a more timely manner. The link opens in the LIVE column, occasionally an interview only appears in VIDEOS section.
What is on your mind today?